Veterans’ Grass-Roots Movement Shares Health Benefits of Marijuana

Veterans Aaron Newsom, left, and Jason Sweatt met in 2011 and learned that they shared a positive experience: finding relief for their war-related health issues with medical cannabis. The VA can’t prescribe it, and cannabis can be too expensive for a lot of veterans.

Since World War II, generations of veterans have found healing in horticulture. Digging in the dirt did that for Newsom, but the Marine, who served in an attack helicopter squadron, wanted more. He wanted to share this healing feeling with service members who may never even touch a spade, and he had an idea.

In addition to the public gardening he was doing in Santa Cruz County, California, Newsom kept a secret garden in his home. “I grew medical cannabis for myself in my spare bedroom. I didn’t tell anyone for at least a year,” he said. “When I finally told my mom and dad, with my dad being so conservative, I thought they’d freak out, but they were both totally supportive, because I was growing it for the right reasons.”

Read the full article at CNN News.

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